As Chronic Pain Patients Look To Alternative Treatments, BioWave Should Be On The Table
I recently noticed an article in the Telegraph titled: ‘‘Hurting all the time is not an option’: The alternative paths to ease chronic pain’.
The article discussed the very compelling personal story of Julie Derbyshire, a woman from Staffordshire who couldn’t even peel vegetables, walk her dog or hold a phone due to her intense chronic pain. Hearing about the everyday struggles of those suffering from chronic pain only makes me more determined to push forward in my efforts to relieve their plight.
Healthcare’s medical waste problem?
The UK’s healthcare structure is not an environmentally sustainable system. The recently published Delivering a “Net Zero” National Health Service document reports that the NHS is responsible for 4% of England’s total carbon footprint.
The Opioid Crisis as an Environmental Disaster
From the 2020 Australian Fires and the 2010 BP Oil Spill, to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 or the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, it has been made clear throughout time that governments listen, and routinely respond to, environmental disasters.
To Stop Polluting Our Waterways, Embrace Neuromodulation
As our society becomes increasingly environmentally conscious, the impact that medicines have on our aquatic ecosystems has become increasingly clear.
After these drugs are flushed down toilets or sinks – either intentionally or after passing through the body – they often end up in our waterways. Most conventional filtering techniques at sanitation plants fail to remove the bulk of the chemicals used in these drugs.
Chronic pain pathway’s in the UK
On April 7th, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, released their new guidance on the assessment and management of chronic primary pain.
After years of campaigning, the prospect of new, exciting, and meaningful pathways was an energizing one. However, upon review of the guidance, it is only disappointment that can be felt.
Relieving The Pain Of Sarcoidosis
Given that April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, I wanted to draw attention to the plight of the over 100,000 people in Britain that suffer from this incredibly painful condition.
Sarcoidosis is a condition where growths of swollen tissue gather in bodily organs, including the lungs, eyes, and lymph nodes, although it can affect almost any organ in the body. It usually leads to sore bumps on the skin, that can be highly irritating to those affected.
Our Increasingly Inactive Lifestyles Are Causing Chronic Pain
Over the last few decades, we have seen an ongoing shift towards more sedentary lifestyles. Given our service-based economy, most jobs in Britain are now done on computers. As a result, a large percentage of people in our country sit in the same place for hours on end every day.
How Cystic Fibrosis Causes Chronic Pain
Cystic fibrosis is a debilitating hereditary disease, affecting the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines. Those diagnosed with it have their lives transformed by the everyday struggle of managing their condition and have an average life expectancy of just 40 years.
Although cystic fibrosis is usually regarded as a rare disease, as many as one in every 25 people in the United Kingdom carry the gene that can cause it. Most of these carrier individuals do not have any symptoms.
English Opioid Inequality
Chronic pain is a worldwide problem, and the burden it places on our society is constantly increasing. In 2018, the USA’s annual cost of chronic pain was estimated to exceed US$500 billion, while UK estimates suggest it costs the economy around £12 billion per year.
In response to this problem, treatment strategies have become heavily reliant on the use of opioids, a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in your cells.
Obesity and Chronic Pain
To mark World Obesity Day, the Prime Minister has released a video declaring that dealing with obesity will be a major priority for the NHS going forward and announcing millions of pounds of new investment in this area. Though I welcome this announcement, I believe that in order to deal with obesity in a successful way, we must consider not only its causes, but also its effects.
Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Pain
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease where the immune system attacks the protective layer around nerve fibres. Totally incurable, those affected endure numbness and in severe cases, even paralysis. In all, it reduces average life expectancy by as much as 10 years.
One of the common symptoms of MS is intense pain. Sometimes, this can be passing. However, in many situations, the pain is chronic, and affects people for the rest of their lives.
Injury and chronic pain in Rugby
Professional athletes are often at risk of injury or developing long conditions where chronic pain is a factor.
Rugby is a sport played by over 8.5 million people around the world and unfortunately carries an exceptionally high level of risk. Research conducted as part of the Global Rugby Codes Health Research Programme found that compared to athletes from non-contact sports, retired elite and amateur rugby players were between two and ten times more likely to suffer from injuries – including concussion and knee-ligament injuries.
Chronic Pain in Developing Countries
The epidemic of chronic pain in western countries is a well-documented issue. According to NICE, between a third and a half of the UK population were suffering with chronic pain in 2018. However, while the issue of chronic pain is not being dealt with appropriately in the western countries, in the developing world, it does not get anywhere near as much coverage or preventative action.
Chronic Pain in children
Chronic pain is currently defined as any pain that persists or recurs for longer than three months. Whilst traditionally an issue among adults across the world, chronic pain in children is becoming a significant public health problem and a leading cause of morbidity in children globally.
Chronic Pain and Endometriosis: How Effective Pain Relief Can Improve Women’s Lives
As our society becomes increasingly aware of gender inequities, women’s health has become a critical priority for our country’s healthcare system. Despite this, so far, not enough attention has been paid to the ways in which chronic pain has an impact on women specifically.
Restarting Elective Surgery
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly detrimental impact on elective surgery rates in the UK. However, while the elective surgery rates of many medical areas are beginning to improve, those of orthopaedics are still among the lowest.
Chronic pain in a post-COVID world
Managing the immediate demands of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has tested many of the world’s healthcare systems to their limits. As we move forward, the new challenges presented by this impact must be faced.
The COVID Pandemic and Mental Health
The impact the covid-19 pandemic has had on society is undeniable. From economic decline to political instability, the effect of the virus on communities is likely to be felt for years to come. However, one area of covid-related impact that has potentially been underplayed throughout this political and economic hurricane is that of mental health.
My Take On Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
According to the NHS, chronic musculoskeletal pain has a colossal impact on public health, affecting up to three in ten British adults and disproportionately impacting over-55s. In an age where taking care of our elderly has become more important than ever, it is vital that we do our utmost to reduce its debilitating effect on their daily lives.
Integrated Care Systems – a chance to change pain
You may have seen that the Government recently released a White Paper on the NHS – it promises the biggest reform of the NHS since the 2012 reforms under David Cameron. Largely, it sets out to undo most of the localised structures that the Cameron reforms ushered in.
A Quick Comment on the Impact of Opioids on the Environment
In 2021, it is widely accepted that the Earth is facing an environmental emergency. Sea levels are rising, land and ocean temperature records are being broken, carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high and people generally feel they have the causes figured out.
The Opioid Crisis and Pharmaceutical Lawsuits
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest crisis faced by the UK in the last 70 years. With the national death toll now over 100,000 and the vaccination process still ongoing, COVID’s impact on society will continue for years to come.
Pain, Covid and the growing waiting lists
Chronic pain is currently defined as any persistent pain lasting three months or longer. By that definition, there are currently 28 million adults are living with chronic pain. That’s a huge number of people and given that many of these individuals are waiting for treatment of conditions such as hip and knee replacements, it is one which will only grow.
Why pain management matters for the UK Economy
Chronic pain is costly, and in more ways than one. When people think of chronic pain they will think of back pain, issues in the joints or mobility issues. Many will think of the mental health challenges posed also. However, all of the consequences of pain lead to a costly impact on the UK economy – policy makers need to focus their attention on this.
My Musings on Use of Opioids for Pain Management in the UK
What are opioids? If you search for the word, google will tell you that ‘Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs’. They work by attaching to receptors found on cells in different parts of the body. This stops the receptors transmitting messages signalling pain through the central nervous system to the brain.
Steve Dechan’s P14 moves to improve pain management in the UK
Chronic pain is something I’ve always cared deeply about. I’ve known people who have suffered, often alone, in the knowledge that the NHS simply can’t care for them. Faced with a choice of waiting it out for years to see a pain specialist the choice for patients is often the consistent use of opioids. That needs to change.
Delivering vital PPE as part of the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic response
COVID-19 is the greatest crisis the UK has faced since WWII – at the time of writing this article it has cost over 80,000 lives, plunged the UK into multiple national lockdowns and halted the lives of millions
My Take on the Link between Pain and Inequality in the UK
Chronic pain is one of the greatest health challenges this country faces; everyday millions of people suffer from chronic pain, preventing or restricting them from the everyday activities we all love. A common view is that chronic pain is something which only affects older people – grandmas’ knee or grandpa’s hip.
Revolutionising the Pain Management Market in the UK: My Hopes for BioWave
Platform 14 was founded with the sole purpose of introducing and distributing new medical technology in to the UK market. I am exceptionally proud of everything the company has achieved so far, but as they say: the best is yet to come. Last year Platform 14 acquired a share in BioWave USA and this year we are on mission to use their flagship product BioWave to revolution pain management in the UK.
Chronic Pain: An Outline of the Basics
Everyone knows what it means to experience physical pain. But what is pain really? Well the brain and nerves inside the spine (spinal nerves) make up the central nervous system and the spinal nerves carry messages from the body to the brain to tell it what’s going on.